Rosie chats to multi-award-winning performer Christopher Green, who is the creator of comedy characters Tina C and Ida Barr. A brand new performance, The Singing Hypnotist, premieres at The Albany from 13-16 May, after an intensive research period which saw Christopher undergoing three years of training in clinical hypnotherapy. He breaks down the mystique about how hypnotism works and is the first to use singing as a technique onstage. He also has a new Tina C show Herstory on at Brighton Fringe from 27-29 May, a Radio 4 series and book and appears as Ida Barr (on a line up including a certain Rosie Wilby!) at Queens of Comedy in Soho on 21 May. He talks about how swiftly he can move easily from one character to another, sometimes at the same gig.
Arthouse cabaret duo Project Adorno perform a live song and discuss their touring show Jarman in Pieces, which visits Westminster Reference Library on 14 May and Watford Central Library on 18 June. An Edinburgh Fringe success last year, it’s an ambient, electro-pop celebration of Derek Jarman, the multifaceted artist and activist who died twenty-one years ago. The show features voices of colleagues, relatives and friends including the artist Andrew Logan and photos of Jarman’s beloved Dungeness, where he settled later in life.
Katie Bennett-Hall, co-founder of Planet London listings and lifestyle website for LBQ women, reviews On Elizabeth Bishop. This ‘powerful, unorthodox study’ of the poet’s work and life is written by Colm Toibin, who we discussed last year ahead of a London run of his play The Testament of Mary. Elizabeth Bishop, meanwhile, was portrayed in the 2013 Brazilian film Reaching for the Moon. Katie found that the book gave some interesting insights into her work and process yet rather skipped over her years in Brazil so recommended the film as a good companion piece. She also tells us about the latest venture in her Ultimate Planet universe – a brand new lesbian web series entitled She’s in London, which they are currently raising funds for.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:
1) Le Fil: The Future is Now from the EP Pop Sculpture
2) Project Adorno (featuring Andrew Logan): Alternative Miss World
3) Project Adorno (featuring Peter Logan): Super-8 for the Over-Forties (on the podcast)
4) ME and Deboe: Glass Face from the EP Here They Come
5) MIRI: Smile